Experts have concluded that the best way to lower stress is by not thinking about how stress can ambush you at any time when you least expect it, even while you sleep, and destroy your life, often in a clown costume with dental implements. Failing that, there's always today's deal: for $35, you get five classes of your choice at Yoga Matrika (a $65 value for non-students) in the Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze neighborhood.
Yoga Matrika offers classes to suit every lifestyle and skill level, including those of expecting mothers, harried mail carriers, or horse trainers who use the "natural" technique. Newbies can ease into downward dog, warrior, and wicked vizier with a yoga foundations class or a nice, slow Matrika flow. More advanced yogis and yogi bears will prefer anusara yoga or the core challenge flow, while the adventurous might want to try special temporary classes such as zhong dao (Chinese yoga). The studio also offers prenatal yoga, Pilates mat, and mom & baby yoga, so your little one will be stretched to NBA-worthy lengths by kindergarten.
Like algebra, yoga can be difficult. Unlike algebra, yoga has many real-life applications. The increased flexibility makes it easier to fish dropped pens out from under the couch without missing a second of Lost. The boost in strength means you won't have to risk rekindling your relationship with Brock every time you need a bookshelf moved. And the improved mood, increased lung capacity, and reduced stress levels will help you get sick less often.
Most Yoga Matrika-goers are too busy practicing downward dog to write reviews, but six Google Mappers give it five stars:
- I work full time and have young kids so I needed to find an evening yoga class that met after the dinner hour. Yoga Matrika is very convenient for folks who live in Squirrel Hill and their evening schedule is wonderful. The teachers are terrific and the small class sizes means you get personalized attention. – Lorrie
- My whole family practices at Yoga Matrika. My husband enjoys yoga, especially the balancing and twisting postures, as a way to round out his strength training. I find the breathing, stretching postures and inversions indispensible for helping me keep my focus and calm with my busy schedule. My 6 year old enjoys the fun "games" that he plays with us during Family Yoga sessions, and the toddler appreciates the ability to toddle around freely and see the other kids… – Everettmom
- My partner and I have been enjoying classes 2-4 times per week at Yoga Matrika since April 2007. The atmosphere is friendly and accepting of where ever the student is in their life. I have gained physical, emotional, spiritual confidence through practice with all of the instructors at Yoga Matrika. – Julianne